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Where to bird in Thailand?

So you would like to come to Thailand on a birding holiday but don’t know where to start. First of all, Thailand is a big country and it has a lot of birds. To have a go at everything would take about two months.

The map shows the distribution of the major birding spots around Thailand.
 
 
 

The number of days shown below each group is roughly how long we would normally spend in each area. Using this map you should be able to get an idea of what you can manage in your time frame. Add an extra day to transfer from one area to another. For example, to bird both southern areas you would need 8 + 5 + 1 = 14 days.

There are of course many other minor birding spots which can be included. See Off the Beaten Track for some ideas.

There are other considerations when deciding where to go.

Season

The North should be visited from November to March for all the winter visitors. However, late February and March can be unpleasant due to the burn off.

The West and East do not suffer from the burn off so are good from November to April.

The South is good all year as the bulk of the forest birds are resident with only a few winter visitors.

Photography

There are two kinds of photography. Set-ups and opportunistic. If you enjoy sitting in hides and getting great shots of many species then you should concentrate on the North and the West. If you prefer to use your field skills to get your shots then the South and East are also good but will be less fruitful.

Comfort

In most areas we stay in clean, comfortable, family run hotels. The far South has none to offer so there we camp in the grounds of the Wildlife Sanctuary HQ at Bala.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Miss Punjapa Phetsri (aka Games)
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